Odyssey of the Mind participants leave their mark on world competition

Odyssey of the Mind participants leave their mark on world competition


Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Teams solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics, bringing their solutions to local, state and world competitions. Thousands of teams across the U.S. and more than 25 other countries participate annually.

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Interested in BU's Odyssey of the Mind program?

New members for 2014 are welcome. Next year, BU will be competing at Iowa State University, from May 20 to 25, 2014. If interested, please contact cabdul@bloomu.edu.

BU’s Odyssey of the Mind program was recently recognized as one of the best in the world competing in the annual World Final for Odyssey of the Mind, held this year at Michigan State University.

BU placed fifth out of 847 teams representing 32 states and 23 countries with more than 18,000 attendees.

Participating for BU’s two teams were Madur Muzaffar, Kaitlyn Gorgon, Courtney Zeppenfelt, Rachel Andrews, Morgan Hatton, Muaz Modan, Cenan Abdul, Hamza Modir, Mohammad Abujabal, Mohammad Akiry, Matthew Carroll, Samuel Tustin, George Naef, Justin Conti.

The teams were coached by Chaza Abdul, advisor, Sonia Ammar and Loreen Powell.

How it was done

One team did a project, “It's How You Look at It,” where they solved the problem by creating a scenario to show normal behavior of college students procrastinating (such behavior is seen by others in the Magic world as Odd behavior).

Throughout the performance, the team used their “creative meter” to measure every normal and odd behaviors. The team incorporated Dr. Seuss character in their show to advise students to convert their attitude toward their education and become more responsible about their future and career.

At the end of the show, such odd behavior changes to what known and seen by other surrounding the character as the “normal accepted” behavior. This team built great set of props that fits the purpose of their message to college students around the world, Abdul said.

The second team did a problem, “Tumble Wood,” by building a structure made only out of Palsa wood and glue. The structure weight was to remain under 15 grams and be able to hold as maximum weight as possible. The problem is a marketing problem.

The team was required to incorporate a commercial about an item of their choice, build props that are geared toward enhancing their business if selling a magic lamp. The team incorporated Aladdin Story and built props that are creatively and artistically thoughtful.

“Both teams worked hard and showed extreme skills in creativity, cooperation, hard work, and commitment,” said Abdul, program coordinator. “I am very proud of them and honored that our (program) entered history with being first time in Odyssey and winning fifth out of the top six recognized winners for 2013 Odyssey World Final Competition.” #CoCurricularLearning | #HuskyUnleashed